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Students between the ages of 6 and 18 years of age are required to be enrolled in school. Parents/guardians are responsible to report their child’s attendance to the school’s office when ever their child is not in school by:
• telephoning the school attendance office to report the child’s absence,
• sending a note from the parent/guardian with the student regarding the child’s absence
If a parent/guardian does not report the child’s absence to the school the absence will be recorded in the computer as an unexcused absence.
Three unexcused absences or tardies of 30 minutes or more, in any combination, result in a Truancy Letter being mailed home. The CA Department of Education is automatically notified that the student is truant. Four truancy letters result in a student being identified as a habitual truant.
Habitually truant students may be asked to attend a School Attendance Review Board (SARB) meeting. The SARB panel meets with parents/guardians & students who have received Truancy Letters to discuss their absences. Most students/families are put on SARB Contracts and attendance is closely monitored. If the student’s attendance does not improve the student may be referred to the District Attorney. The student and or parent/guardian will then meet with a judge, and may be fined, lose their driver’s license, and in some cases be imprisoned.
Students who disrupt the learning process, pose a danger to the safety of others or violate any portion of Education Code 48900 are subject to school discipline, suspension or expulsion. Information regarding the policies and procedures for suspension and expulsion, as well as student and parent rights to due process, can be found in the Parent/Student Handbook for each school.
A parent/guardian who disagrees with a suspension must meet with the Principal to request a reconsideration of the suspension or request that the suspension be amended or reversed. If after such meeting, the parent/guardian still disagrees with the suspension, they may submit an appeal in writing to the Superintendent who will review the written appeal, make every effort to contact and discuss the request with the parent/guardian, and provide the final decision in writing to the parent/guardian and to the school.
The district shall follow uniform complaint procedures when addressing complaints alleging unlawful discrimination against any protected group as identified under Education Code 200, 220 and Government Code 11135 based on age, actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability in any program or activity that receives or benefits from state financial assistance. Uniform complaint procedures shall also be used when addressing complaints alleging failure to comply with state and/or federal laws in adult education, consolidated categorical aid programs, migrant education, career/technical instruction education and technical programs, childcare and development programs, child nutrition programs, special education programs, and federal school safety planning requirements.
Complaints related to sufficiency of textbooks or instructional materials, emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health or safety of students or staff and teacher vacancies and misassignments shall be investigated pursuant to the district’s Williams uniform complaint procedure (AR 1312.4)
LUESD encourages the early, informal resolution of complaints at the site level whenever possible.
LUESD acknowledges and respects every individual’s right to privacy. Discrimination complaints shall be investigated in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the parties and the facts. This includes keeping the identity of the complainant confidential except to the extent necessary to carry out the investigation or proceedings, as determined by the Superintendent or designee on a case-by-case basis.
LUESD prohibits retaliation in any form for participating in complaint procedures, including but not limited to the filing of a complaint or the reporting of instances of discrimination. Such participation shall not in any way affect the status, grades or work assignments of the complainant.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides that a parent/guardian has the right to inspect and review the educational records of their child, seek to amend educational records, and consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from educational records except as specified by law. The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) states that general notification must be made to parents/guardians of surveys that contain questions in one or more of the eight protected areas listed below. Furthermore, schools must obtain prior written consent from parents/guardians before these surveys are administered.
political affiliation or beliefs of the student or student’s parents
mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family
sex behavior or attitudes
illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior
critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships
legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers
religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parent
income (other than required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).
Parents also have the right to review, upon request, any survey that concerns one or more of the eight protected areas, any instructional materials used in connection with any survey that concerns one or more of the protected areas, and any instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum for the student.